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11 May, 2019

RAF Chinook helicopters in West Africa with French and Estonian troops.

Photo RAF

The UK's Royal Air Force currently has some Chinook helicopters based in Mali in West Africa, in support of French counter-insurgency operations and most recently they have been conducting exercises with a Malian based Estonian Army detachment.

The RAF Chinook helicopter detachment has been conducting an air mobility exercise with the Estonian Army Force Protection platoon that is based at Gao airfield and provides part of the guard force for the airfield. The exercise gave the Estonians the opportunity to board and deplane from the Chinook in operational conditions and also experience a short flight in the aircraft. Welcoming the opportunity, the Estonian platoon commander said: “We aim to train as we would fight so this is an excellent opportunity to practice what we could be called upon to do.”